October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and I've teamed up with Breast Cancer Care just in time for their annual Big Pink event (which so happens to be today). What is a Big Pink you ask? It can be just about anything, a get together with friends where you all watch Netflix, a Karaoke night, a bake sale, a talent show, a study session with your squad, the list and the level of creativity can go on and on. Whatever you decide, the purpose is to raise money, raise awareness and do it with a whole lot of pink. Every bit helps, and the wackier the better, because in the end what can be more fun than doing a little (or a lot of) good for a great cause?
To me, there's nothing like a pop of color to brighten up my day. Whether it's a vibrantly colored scarf for my outfit, a cute mug for my desk, or a patterned agenda for my classes, I try to incorporate some wherever I can. My next mission? My bedroom. While I was able to add a fresh coat of paint to the walls to liven up the area a little bit, I wanted to share a few ways that I used to add a splash of color in my room prior to it's redesign that I thought that you might enjoy.
1. A fresh coat of paint
Adding a fresh coat of paint to random objects in your room helps to bring them to life and revitalize your whole room, or at least a corner of it without needing to break the bank. Personally, I love gold accents and like to use gold metallic paint or spray paint to spruce up old furniture like my DIY chalkboard.
Peculiar is not a word that you hear much of anymore. It is usually reserved for something a bit strange, a bit out of place, a bit amiss. But in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, it denotes a state of strange wonder. It's used to describe something a bit strangely interesting. a bit out of place and time, a bit of something you'll miss if you fail to look and listen properly.
In Toronto the seasons are as fluid and as unpredictable as the rain. One moment your wearing shorts and your hair is constatnly frizzy due to the sweltering heat. The next moment, you're wearing sweaters and sipping on tea to try and keep warm. There's never any in-between or happy compromise between the two extreme seasons -- there is simply a small respite from either the extreme cold or the extreme heat. So, I take advantage of each in-between season as soon as the warning signs begin to appear. In this case, as we welcome autumn back into our lives I've decided to change my breakfast habits so that they fit in more with the chill that seems to linger in the morning hours. So without further adieu, I present to you, the ultra simple (and extremely tasty) Oatmeal Apple Crunch. Enjoy!
For as long as I can remember I've loved (and thankfully have always been surrounded by) good food. So, over time it has surpassed being a mere tool of survival, but a key. A key that unlocked different cultures, a connection to my parents' pasts and inevitable my own future. It's been the source of learning foreign languages and ones from my parents' mother tongues, as I learned to pronounce the delicious foods, with intricate names, whose taste and aroma are ingrained in my memory forever.
That's why I have a particular place in my heart for any sort of food related entertainment. Whether it's Master Chef, watching a pizza bake in the oven - the cheese all bubbly as the dough rises and forms a golden brown crust - or baking treats for my family. Recently, TVO (a Canadian TV channel) aired a weekly series called, Eat: The Story of Food produced by National Geographic. I fell upon the docuseries haphazardly, but it quickly captivated my mind, heart, stomach and taste buds.
I will have to watch it again, because I was often distracted by the sizzling, roasting, and frying shown on screen. In between the mesmerizing display, there was an epic tale of how food really is (and was) the driving force of innovation and change all over the world. In each episode, we're plunged into the past and are introduced to unlikely food revolutionaries, who not only changed the way we eat food but the entire course of history. For example, Christopher Columbus and Napolean Bonaparte had huge roles in both.
Narrated and drawing references from modern day food personalities, cooks, authors, scientists and pizza enthusiasts, our journey reaches new heights and flavours with each meal. It reminded me time and time again that the power of food is truly compelling. It brings people together, reminding them through similar tastes and smells that the would is a whole lot smaller than it seems.
For a more interactive tour of Eat: The Story of Food head on over to natgeoeat.com or if you want to find out how to watch an episode or two head on over here.